Kelly Anne Sullivan
28 N Union - third floor above The Peoples Store
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Born: 1964 (New Brunswick, NJ)
Lived/Active: New Jersey/Idaho
Known for: Other, Portrait, FingerSmears
Style(s): Impressionist, Realist, collaborative FingerSmear paintings
Medium(s): Oil, Acrylic
Price Information as of 11/19/2011:
FingerSmear projects commissions beginning at $9,000.
Traditional works in oil; small studies from $400 - $2,000
Larger works in Oil; $2,000 - $20,000
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Major Corporate and Private Commissions
2013 Novartis, "Connections" Phoenix, AZ
Owens Corning, "Bright Tomorrows" Las Vegas, NV
Terex, "Pathways" Fort Lauderdale, FL
Owens Corning, "Rooftop Studio" San Antonio, TX
GAP! - Mighty Fingers Facing Change, Jackson WY
YWCA - Mighty Fingers Facing Change, Edmonton Canada
The Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, Mighty Fingers Facing Change, SF CA
2012 Soroptimists International Convention, Hawaii
Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport CT
Centrak, Newtown PA
Child and Youth Parliament of Guatemala, Mighty Fingers Facing Change, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
2011 Old Navy, Boring OR
Janssen, Better Together, New Brunswick, NJ
Johnson & Johnson, The Tree House, Titusville, NJ
Celgene, Chicago, IL
2010 Johnson & Johnson Brave New World, Princeton, NJ
Johnson & Johnson , GMO Conference, Princeton, NJ?
CSL Berhing, Blood Disorder Conference, New Orleans, LA
2009 The Epilepsy Foundation’s National Walk for Epilepsy, on the Mall, Washington DC
The City of Wheaton, 150th Anniversary, Wheaton, IL
2008 Terex Corporation, Global Terex, Las Vegas, NV?
Terex Corporation, The Great Crane Migration, Las Vegas, NV
Jackson Whole Chamber of Commerce, Jackson, Wy?
Good Shepard Hospital - 100 Year Anniversary, Allentown PA
2007 Alta Wyoming Elementary School, Alta, Wy?
National Association of Convenience Stores, Las Vegas, NV
Merial Pet Pharmaceuticals, The Dogwood Festival, Atlanta, GA,
Consumer Electronics Association, The Consumer Electronics Show, ?Produced in San Francisco, CA, Unveiled in Las Vegas, NV
2006 Radio Shack, NBA Basketball Fan Fest, Houston, TX?
Xcel, Pepsi Center, Denver CO
2004 OshKosh B’gosh , Algonquin, IL
OshKosh B’gosh, Rancho Cucamonga, CA ?
OshKosh B’gosh , Dallas, TX?
OshKosh B’gosh, Broomfield, CO?
Two Rivers Bank, Red Bank, NJ
Two Rivers Bank, Wall, NJ?
The Hora, Private Collection, Long Island, NJ?
Las Vegas in New York Private Collection, New York, NY
2003 Bridgeport Hospital 125th Anniversary Celebration, Bridgeport, CT?
Johnson & Johnson, Dynamic Earth, Princeton, NJ
Pepsi, The US Open, Arthur Ash Kids Day, Queens, NY
The Red Bank Jazz Festival, Red Bank, NJ ?
Starstruck, Inc., Major League Baseballs All-Star Fan Fest, Chicago, IL?
The Blue Note, New York, NY
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto, CANADA
2002 The Red Bank Jazz Festival, Red Bank, NJ
2003 Pepsi, MLB All-Star Fan Fest, Milwaukee, WI
Madison Marquette Retail Services, Bay Street, Alemedia, CA ?
The Rumson Country Day School, The Navasink, Rumson, NJ?
Neiman Markus, The Art of Dining, benefiting The New Jersey Visual? Arts Center, Short Hills, NJ
2001 Macy’s East, Hands of Hope, New York, NY?
Macy’s East, Shine, benefiting SHINE, Bridgewater, NJ?
Pepsi, Pepsi All Stars benefiting The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Seattle WA
1999 Mercedes –Benz, Dallas, TX
1997 Dupont, The Garden Coeur D’Alene, ID
1995 The San Francisco Business Arts Council, Planetary Peace
Macy’s West, The Flower Market, San Francisco, CA
Joie De Vivre Hotels, 10 scenes of San Francisco, The Commodore? Hotel, SF, CA
Miss Pearls Jam House, Thumbs of One Love, San Francisco, CA?
The Celebration of Craftswomen, Hill Tribe Weaver, ? San Francisco, CA?
The Hong Kong Association, Hong Kong Market, San Francisco, CA
Charitable FingerSmear Donations
2010 Touching Time – Idaho statewide project to raise awareness for Democracy, ID
2007 Teton Valley Afternoon – benefiting Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, Driggs, ID?
Africa Smiles – benefiting The Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids ?Foundation, New York, NY
2006 Idaho Sun -benefiting The Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids ? Foundation, Alta, WY?
Autumn Elk -benefiting The Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids ? Foundation, Jackson, WY
The Aviator benefiting The Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids ? Foundation, Driggs, ID
2003 Asbury’s Park benefiting The Food Bank of New Jersey, ? The Meadowlands, NJ?
Love and Music benefiting Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin, Asbury NJ ?
The Harvest benefiting Holiday Express, Red Bank, NJ
2002 The Merry Maker benefiting The Children’s Cultural Center, ? Red Bank, NJ
2001 Glory Days benefiting The Alliance of Neighbors, Asbury Park, NJ
1997 The Lake Life benefiting the Red Cross, Coeur D’Alene, ID
1995 Rock and Roll Voodoo with The Rolling Stones, benefiting the arts, SF, CA ?
A Classical Action benefiting the San Francisco Aids Foundation, ?San Francisco, CA?
An Alternative To What benefiting No-Mayo Records, ?San Francisco, CA
Travel outside of the US
Italy, Austria, Germany, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, ?Ireland, Amsterdam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, ?Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Kenya, Tanzania, Canada
Self Taught with recent study under the following artists:
Kevin Macphersen - 2013
Scott Christensen - 2013
Sherri McGarw - 2012
Robert Liberace – Painting the Portrait and Figure, 2011
David Laffel and Sherri McGraw, Feshin Art Workshop with 2011
Resident Artist, The International School of Drawing, Painting& Sculpture,Umbria,Italy 2010
Kim English – Oil, 2010
Sherri McGraw – Drawing the Figure, 2010
Scott Christensen – Landscape in Oil, Intensive. 2009
Ron Hicks – The figure in interiors, 2009
2008 Simon Kogan – Paint making, grounds, and Russian Masters
Simon Kogan – Sculpting the Truth,
Michael Metler – The Nude Figure, Pastel
Lian Quan Zhen – Chinese Watercolor
2011, The 82nd Annual Phillips Mill Show, PA – Award for Oil Painting
2007, Art of The Fall – Winner, Best In Show, Driggs, ID
2014, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Bennington VT
2013, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition
2012, The 83nd Annual Phillips Mills Show
2012, Lambertville and the Surrounding Area, Coryell Gallery, Lambertville,NJ
2012, Richeson 75 International, Small Works
2011, The Orchard Hill Collection, Lambertville NJ, Simple Pleasures Solo Show
2011, Art Spirit Gallery, Encounters In Oil,Sold Out Show, Coeur d'Alene, ID
2011, The 82nd Annual Phillips Mill Show, PA – Award for Oil Painting
2010, Sulli Studios, Pin-Ups, Sticking it to Breast Cancer – Producer, Artist, Driggs, ID
2010, Art of Beer – Winner, Coming Home Holiday Ale Label, Victor, ID
2009, Pin-Ups, Sticking it to Breast Cancer – Producer, Artist, Driggs, ID
2007, Art of The Fall – Winner, Best In Show, Driggs, ID
2003, Art of the Nude, Producer, Artist, Asbury Park, NJ
2001, Gallery Domani, Red Bank, NJLady Paints the Blues,
2000 – 2002, B B Kings Blues Club, New York, NY
2000, Ambassador Galleries, New York, NY - A Rock and Roll Art Exhibition,
1994 Montage: Interactive Creativity, Producer, Painter, 10 day hands-on, multidisciplinary arts festival. Sponsored in part by Haagen-Dazs, The Fort Mason Foundation, and SF Magazine. San Francisco, CA
1993 Montage: Elements of Life, Producer, Painter, 7 day multidisciplinary exhibit, sponsored in part by The Fort Mason Foundation. ?San Francisco, CA
Oil Painters of America
2013, The Times, Cover of "Good Times" and studio review.
2011, Dtown, cover image and feature article
2011, Hunterdon Life, Clinton Township Artist Makes Art One Smear at a Time
2011, The Couer D'alene Press, Giving Up The Grin
2007, The Post Register, As Easy As Finger painting
2005, Idaho State Journal, Finger painting for a cause
2004, Connecticut Post, Cooperative Mural Marks Hospitals 125th
2002, The New York Times, Celebrity Touch
2001, Home News Tribune, Cover art for On The Go
2001, The New York Times, Coming Around In Asbury Park
2001, The Asbury Park Press, Fans Draw on Talent for Charity
2001, The Hub, Lady Paints the Blues
2001, The Asbury Park Press, Finger painting gets a facelift
2001, The Coeur D'Alene Press, CDA artist hits the high note
1998, The Coeur D'Alene Press, Painting the town
1994, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New - User Friendly Art Show
1994, On San Francisco, Young, Motivated, and Talented
For over twenty years, painter Kelly Sullivan, a pioneer in the field of collaborative art and founder of FingerSmears (Sullivan’s signature method of collaborative painting) has sparked artistic expression and creative fuel in hundreds of thousands of lives.
Born and raised in Clinton Township, New Jersey, Sullivan knew she would be an artist when she was five years old, the year her grandmother surrounded her with paint and repeated simple but encouraging words: "Don't be shy with the paint,” a refrain that stuck.
In Sullivan's teens, when her attention turned toward music, she spent hours drawing her favorite musicians, including David Bowie and Jim Morrison. Her talent and interest in musical portraiture led her to later paint many of those icons, including Bruce Springsteen, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Pete Seeger, Jimmy Rogers and more. Her musical works graced the walls of BB Kings Blues Club in New York for years, and showed in the Ambassador Gallery in Soho along side that of Jerry Garcia and Ron Wood.
Largely self-taught, Sullivan sold her first artworks (pencil and pastel drawings) living at the Jersey shore in the mid 1980’s,. But she soon found that the solitary nature of creating art didn’t satisfy her hunger for an engaged, socially conscious and collaborative artistic community.
A natural leader and organizer, in 1993, Sullivan produced her first multi-artist “Montage” show (featuring 5 diverse artists) out of the Old Mill Inn in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey, a well-received exhibition featured on the front page of the Herald Extra and called, “the most innovative show the Jersey shore has seen in some time” on the local TV news.
The first “Montage” planted the seed for a trailblazing list of shows, exhibitions and festivals. Sullivan transplanted to San Francisco in 1990. Shortly after her move to San Francisco Sullivan’s grandmother (the one that taught her to paint) passed away. Kelly invested a small inheritance from her grandmother, coupled by a grant from the Fort Mason Foundation, and the Haagen-Dazs Corporation, to gather 15 diverse artists and produce 94 Montage; a festival that provided a hands-on front row seat to the creative process for the entire community.
In between shows and events, Sullivan travelled to South East Asia and Europe painting her “Faces of the Earth” series through US Servas (an organization that promotes world peace through direct cultural exchange. ). Her travels were depicted in her traditional works and added to the multicultural flavor of her Montage shows.
Cover stories began rolling in about Sullivan, and 94Montage was dubbed “the new, user-friendly art show” in the “hot stuff” section of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Forced to worked under the constraints of a tight budget to provide a “painting experience” for guests over a week-long 94 Montage festival, Sullivan invented a collaborative way of painting she called FingerSmears. Incorporating hundreds of painters, FingerSmears used only one canvas, and no brushes.
Since that week in 1994 when Sullivan staged her first FingerSmear, over 80,000 people from around the world have participated in her collaborative paintings. Everyone from Fortune 500 CEO's, to rock stars and other celebrities (including The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springstein, Edie Falco, Carol Burnett, Harrison Ford, and William DeFoe, among many others) have dipped their fingers in paint for Kelly. FingerSmears have continued to shape her career throughout her life.
“In my 20 years of producing events and experiential marketing stunts I can honestly say that Kelly Sullivan's FingerSmear concept is one of the most unique feel good experiences that I have seen,” said Public Relations expert, Michelle Zontine, who began working with Sullivan when the painter was hired to commemorate the Annual Flower Show at Macy’s West. Zontine continued to seek Sullivan’s magic “touch” when rolling out OshKosh’s new Lifestyle brand across the U.S.
FingerSmears have raised over $150,000 for charities across the United States, and have been commissioned to commemorate All Star Baseball Games, The US Open, and The National Walk for Epilepsy on the Mall in Washington, DC.
Using the arts to build and anchor communities has repeatedly characterized all of Sullivan’s work, whether raising funds for the surviving families of September 11th victims, or for hospitals and arts councils. To Sullivan, the spirit of community doesn’t stop at our local borders. Sullivan created a globally-oriented arts curriculum in Alta, Wyoming (Alta Elementary FingerSmear project), a project which served as a building block for Sullivan’s largest global art project to date, Mighty Fingers-Facing Change.
Launched in a pilot program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, through the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, Mighty Fingers-Facing Change (MFFC) is a two-part experiential art project that has connected and inspired adolescent girls from different areas of the world; Guatemala, Edmonton, Canada, Teton Valley, Idaho, San Francisco, California, and Haiti. MFFC’s next stop is Uganda.
A life-long facilitator of creative expression Sullivan’s art celebrates the complexity and energy of real life, in layers of evocative color, emotion and texture, distinctly present in her own paintings as well as in her public murals and collaborative canvases.